||The Grant contract for the project for the construction of the only native plants nursery in Praslin was signed between the Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Seychelles H.E. Mr. Tatsushi Terada and Mr Victorin Laboudallon, Chairman of Terrestrial Restoration Action Society of Seychelles (TRASS), the beneficiary NGO on 21st of March, 2016, in the Vallee de Mai of Praslin, Seychelles. The total amount of the grant was USD 64,558 to be used for the completion of a building that will have an office and a seed store building and to purchase furniture including equipment. This project is planned to be completed by the end of 2016.
Ambassador Terada congratulated the organization which is the first ever selected in Seychelles for this grant. With this new building, the organization, which has already rehabilitated more than 30 hectares of devastated land in Praslin, will be able to upscale its activities.
The principal secretary from the ministry of environment, Mr Alain Decomarmond, expressed his gratitude to the government of Japan for its action on biodiversity conservation. He reminded the audience of the long and fruitful history of cooperation between the government of Japan and the government of Seychelles. He said he was pleased to see a new form of assistance aimed directly at the civil society.
Mr Victorin Laboudallon, the chairman of TRASS, described how the NGO was started, 5 years earlier, relying only on very motivated volunteers. He expressed his gratitude to all partners and expressed his wish to continue teaching, learning and planting more trees. H.E. Tatsushi Terada received a Coco de Mer, national emblem of Seychelles, from TRASS.
After the signing of the grant contract and a photo session, guests were treated to refreshments and also entertained by traditional Seychellois’ music.
The guests then visited the TRASS site and H.E. Ambassador Terada ceremonially planted a Gastonia lionetti tree (bois banane) while Permanent Secretary Mr Decomarmond planted an orothmania annae tree (bois citron), both endemic species to Seychelles. Mr Marc Jean-Baptiste, vice chairman of TRASS, organized the visit of the tree nursery which currently has more than 5,000 seedlings and cuttings of endemic species (bwa mon per, bwa-d-nat,prin marron, bwa gayak, bwa siro, bwa d rennet, latanyen milpat, latanyen fey, bwa zolikerr, kafe marron gran fey and lerb razwar).